Cooperation requires extreme trust from a digital partner
The digitalisation programme of the Finnish Defence Forces will continue until the end of 2024 – it is above all a future-oriented programme that prepares the Defence Forces for the challenges of tomorrow. Many future capabilities are considered to be dependent on the capabilities enabled by digitalisation. Skilled personnel and good operational models ensure the capability to get things done in a changing and complex operating environment in the future, too.
“The current security environment with its cyberattacks shows that the world is data-driven – defence is a key function in which the importance of data and digitalisation capabilities are put to the test. Data and digitalisation yield, among other things, decision-making capabilities, predictability, higher operational efficiency and overall understanding. In fact, reliability is the most important criterion for a defence industry digital partner,” says Colonel Jarkko Karsikas, Chief Digital Officer at the Finnish Defence Forces.
Digia plays an important role in the programme as a trusted partner and in sharing good practices from one industry to another. Thanks to its extensive customer base, the company’s strengths include expertise in digitalisation in different sectors. This cooperation requires not only extreme trust and the capabilities mentioned above, but also commitment to long-term cooperation to promote technological expertise and ensure the domestic security of supply of the critical systems of the Finnish Defence Forces even in exceptional circumstances.
Another indication of Digia’s strong development work and investments in the defence industry sector is the establishment of the Defence Unit. The Defence Unit brings together experts in critical systems and project coordination to deliver new efficiency and added value for the sector throughout Digia’s broad service offering. “The cornerstones of the Defence Unit are trust, information security and continuous technological innovation, which are further emphasised in this special environment and support the digital transformation of the Finnish Defence Forces,” says Jussi Tammelin, Director of the Defence Unit.